The past few days have been a busy one for various political parties in Nigeria. From All Progressives Congress, APC’s national convention in Abuja to People’s Democratic Party, PDP’s convention in Port Harcourt, amongst several others.
We bring you a list of the candidates who have emerged as their party’s choice to vie for the presidential seat in 2019.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, who polled 14, 842, 072 million votes, has been affirmed as APC’s candidate for the 2019 presidential elections. It came as no surprise after the current president was voted for as the party’s candidate.
2. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar today emerged the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP for the 2019 presidential election following a battle with the likes of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal. Atiku came top ahead of 11 other aspirants at the end of the party’s presidential nomination convention. He polled about 1,500 more than the combined votes of all the other aspirants.
3. Former Minister of Education and co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Oby Ezekwesili’s dream is the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN. The former Vice President of the World Bank emerged the presidential candidate of the party at the 2018 national convention of the party which held at Alexis hotel, Abuja. Ezekwesili stated that the time has come for Nigerians to change the old order of politicians that have been recycled in our political space with little or nothing to show as an achievement.
4. Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke emerged as the Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party for the 2019 general election. Duke polled 812 votes to defeat his close rival, former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, who polled 611 votes at the party’s National Convention held at Old Parade Ground, Abuja.
5. The Zenith Labour Party on Sunday elected former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, as its presidential candidate for the 2019 election. Mimiko was elected as a consensus candidate by members of the party in Abuja at its national convention. The presidential hopeful said that he would leverage on the party’s social democratic ideological orientation to convince Nigerians to work with him.
6. Motivational speaker, Fela Durotoye, would be vying for the presidential seat via Alliance for New Nigeria ANN’s platform. Just some days ago, the national chairman of the party, Emmanuel Dania, stated that Fela Durotoye was duly elected at the party’s presidential primary the previous week and remains the only recognised presidential candidate of the party for the 2019 poll.
7. Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu emerged last month as the presidential candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP) during the party’s national convention and presidential primaries. Moghalu, a former United Nations official, emerged after other presidential candidates stepped down from the race, noting that his campaign would be designed to build Nigeria.